ERIC Number: ED120567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of the Sociological and Psychological Impacts of Mid-Career Changes for Women. Final Report.
Nero, Sharon A.
The study explored the impact of mid-career changes for women who were enrolled in or had recently completed a program in the Wisconsin Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education (VTAE) System for the purpose of changing careers from housewife and mother to that of labor force participant. Sixty-six women, aged 30-49, returned a survey questionnaire that sought information about socioeconomic, marital, and educational status; the effect of the change on interpersonal relationships and life styles; motivation for change; resulting benefits and liabilities; and self-image. An important objective was to develop implications and recommendations for VTAE system programing and to design a model of mid-career decision making for women. It was found that the primary motivation for a return to school was financial. The majority experienced a feeling of achievement and an increase in self-confidence, with new friends, interests, and experiences rated as important benefits. The greatest problems were adjusting to the student role and coping with the demands of home and school responsibilities. Suggestions were offered on ways to encourage women to enter to enter male-oriented occupations and on ways to improve preparation and counseling for re-entering school and the labor market. (NJ)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Career Change, Career Planning, Decision Making, Employed Women, Family Attitudes, Females, Individual Development, Middle Aged Adults, Participant Characteristics, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Research, Role Conflict, Self Concept, Sex Discrimination, Socioeconomic Status, Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Center for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.